President Trump seemed surprised by the backlash he received when he mentioned rolling back the coronavirus task force, which includes Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both pillars of solace for many during these uncertain times. Chris Cillizza explains how the coronavirus task force came to be, and why their popularity may be the reason Trump wanted to get rid of them.

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s career under 6 US presidents

Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

Trump Says He Didn’t Know How ‘Popular’ Coronavirus Task Force Is

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the President’s Coronavirus Task Force

Trump puts Pence in charge of US coronavirus response

From cupcakes to candles, you can now find Dr. Anthony Fauci’s face on everything

Dr. Birx’s Scarves Are the Surprise Hit of Coronavirus Briefings

Of course you’ve noticed Deborah Birx’s style. That’s why it’s so reassuring.

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey

For Dr. Deborah Birx, Urging Calm Has Come With Heavy Criticism

Trump retweets call to fire Fauci amid coronavirus criticism

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